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The Bear's Den: Polish Sausage Links

Welcome to the first edition of Polish Sausage Links, also known as "stuff from around the league that mostly has something to do with the NFL that wouldn't fit into The Bear's Den plus some Bears stuff tacked onto the end".

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Ken's Note: Feel free to treat this as a regular "Bear's Den" (this is NOT an open thread) as far as posting your own links goes & as a general site comment section.


VIdeo: Bears' George McCaskey on riding a scooter at training camp - WGN TV / Chicago TribuneBears chairman George McCaskey talks about hopes for his team this season and his mode of transport to Bears camp, a scooter.

Links: Joey Bosa Will Not Report To Chargers Today - ProFootballRumorsChargers first round pick Joey Bosa will not report with his teammates today as he remains unsigned, according to Steve Wyche of (on Twitter). The timing of bonus payouts and offset language are believed to be the sticking points in negotiations.

Coppens: Jets' re-signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick motivating "pissed off" Geno Smith - TheComebackGeno Smith is "pissed off" that the New York Jets brought Ryan Fitzpatrick back, but in a motivational way.

Florio: Tom Coughlin will be a "senior advisor" to NFL football operations - ProFootballTalk - Yes, former Jaguars and Giants coach Tom Coughlin has joined the league office. More details regarding his role have emerged. He'll be a "senior advisor" to the league's football operations department. In that capacity, the two-time Super Bowl winner will work closely with executive V.P.

McGuire: Bill Belichick asked about Jimmy Garoppolo starting over Tom Brady, mutters "Jesus Christ" - The ComebackNew England Patriots coach Bill Belichick responded grumpily when asked if Jimmy Garoppolo might be the starting quarterback when Tom Brady returns.

Alper: Josh Gordon says in the past, he's been a selfish player - ProFootballTalkBrowns wide receiver Josh Gordon met the media for the first time since he was reinstated by the NFL from a suspension that kept him off the field for all of last season. Ken's Note: In other news, water is wet, space is big and beer is good.

McGuire: Brandon Marshall and Antonio Brown bet luxury cars over most receiving yards - TheComebackBrandon Marshall of the Jets and Antonio Brown of the Steelers are wagering luxury cars over their total receiving yards during the 2016 season.

Smith: Tim Tebow feels like he can be an effective NFL quarterback - ProFootballTalkTim Tebow isn't ready to close the door on the NFL just yet. Tebow, who was in training camp with the Eagles last year but hasn't played in a regular-season game since he was on the Jets in 2012, said on CBS Sports Radio that he still believes he can play.

Smith: Le’Veon Bell admits he has known since March of missed tests - ProFootballTalk - When word first surfaced that Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was facing a suspension for a missed drug test, Bell denied knowing anything about it. He was lying. On Thursday, Bell admitted that the NFL notified him in March that he was facing discipline for a missed test.

Lyles: Marshawn Lynch to get Cal injury cart bobblehead - TheComeback - Cal is honoring Marshawn Lynch with a bobblehead of him driving the injury cart.

AP: Warren Sapp bitten by shark during Florida Keys lobster trip - CBS NewsWarren Sapp's lobster trip off Florida Keys interrupted by encounter with shark on charter boat

Orr: Geno Smith 'I'm auditioning for 32 NFL teams right now' - - Geno Smith, a loyal employee of the Jets tired of watching the team desperately hire out for the promotion he's always wanted, says he's motivated to showcase his true talent and character.

Gantt: Injury news causes Washington G.M. to punch a wall - ProFootballTalk - It was bad enough when wide receiver Josh Doctson had to start camp on the physically unable to perform list. But it quickly became a two-for-one injury.

Alper: Cowboys LB Damien Wilson on PUP after taking paintball to the eye - ProFootballTalk - The Cowboys have seen three of their defensive players land NFL suspensions this offseason and others like linebacker Sean Lee missed time in the spring while recovering from surgeries common to players playing a physically taxing game.


Links: Vikings QB Taylor Heinicke Out For 3 Months - ProFootballRumors - Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke is expected to start the season on the non-football injury list after severing a tendon in his left foot, as’s Ben Goessling writes. The Old Dominion product reportedly suffered the injury while trying to help a friend get back into his apartment earlier this month.

DaSilva: Aaron Rodgers explains the three areas of his game he wants to improve - FOX SportsRodgers had a down year in 2015, but he's working to be much better next season.


Liskiewitz: PFF sits down with Bears Jordan Howard - ProFootballFocus - Howard chats about his experiences so far.

Emma: Bears Will Be Cautious With Kyle Long’s Calf Strain - CBS Chicago - The Bears will be wise in getting Long back to the practice field.

Mullen: Akiem Hicks sees Tom Brady qualities in Jay Cutler - CSN Chicago - Bears DL Akiem Hicks sees Tom Brady qualities in Jay Cutler. Ken's Note: Both have two arms, two legs, both can drive cars, etc.?

Campbell: Three things we learned: Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White pushing forward - Chicago Tribune - As he embarked on his season on the franchise tag, Alshon Jeffery was his usual soft-spoken self and didn't say much about it after the team's first practice.

Jahns: Day 2 of Bears training camp - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns, Patrick Finley and Mark Potash break down the second day of Bears training camp.

Mullen: Jay Cutler pick-free, QB's running, 'free hugs' - CSN Chicago - The first day of Bears training camp featured Jay Cutler picking up from where he left off last season, plus a new look from the Bears quarterbacks.

Biggs: Bears foster competition for younger, deeper offensive line - Chicago Tribune - What the Bears have looks like four players for two spots on the offensive line. Hroniss Grasu, Cody Whitehair and Ted Larsen can all play center.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears decline to put timetable on Kyle Long (calf) return - ESPN - Kyle Long missed Friday's practice after suffering a calf strain on Thursday, while coach John Fox said he was unsure when the Pro Bowler would return.

Ten Reasons to Give a Damn 2016: Strength of Schedule in Bears Favor - Da Bears Brothers - In the first post in our countdown of reasons to give a damn about the Bears in 2016, we explain how the weak schedule will make a difference.

Mullen: Bears wide receivers give defense a taste of its own medicine - CSN Chicago - Before the Bears get into full pads for the first time in nearly seven months, a touch of smack flowed from one of the smallest players on the roster.